D-Day veterans turned down for bank account.

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  1. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/dday-veterans-turned-down-for-bank-account-1607241.html

    D-Day veterans turned down for bank account

    Lloyds apologises after saying appeal fund would 'provide no benefit'

    By John Lichfield and Cahal Milmo

    Thursday, 12 February 2009
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    British veterans at D-Day commemorations in Normandy last year

    A bank that was rescued with £17bn in state handouts refused to open a "return to Normandy" account for D-Day veterans, on the grounds that it would be a profitless nuisance.

    The Normandy Veterans Association asked Lloyds to set up an account for the "Overlord List" – an appeal in The Independent that raised £20,000 to take 500 ex-servicemen back to France on 6 June for the 65th anniversary of the Normandy landings.

    The request, to a Bristol branch of Lloyds, was received enthusiastically. However, the NVA's secretary Peter Hodge was later told the bank's London headquarters would not approve what it deemed a "temporary" facility because the cash would be withdrawn before the summer and would therefore "provide no benefit" to Lloyds.

    The advertising executive Trevor Beattie, who has personally pledged to sponsor 30 veterans from the West Midlands after hearing of our appeal, accused Lloyds of showing "rank insensitivity". "We hear a lot from bankers about risk," he said. "We, as taxpayers and citizens, are suffering from the absurd risks banks took. And now this bank refuses to provide a simple, risk-free service for people who risked everything on our behalf. It beggars belief."

    In a letter to the Bristol branch manager, copied to the Lloyds chairman Sir Victor Blank, Mr Beattie said: "Your blighted profession has just slipped another rung. As if banking had not soured its already crass reputation enough. Not happy with helping bring our economy to the brink of a financial abyss, it now seems that lending a hand to a group of proud octogenarians to whom we all (yes, even bankers) owe everything is beyond you. You are not fit to lace the boots of those we will be honouring in June. Sleep well."

    Mr Hodge said the NVA asked Lloyds for a special account because it was anxious to make sure the cash and cheques were handled safely. He said he found the bank's reluctance impossible to comprehend, adding: "Their main point was that such an account would be difficult to organise and provide no benefit to Lloyds."

    Last night, a spokeswoman for Lloyds TSB said: "We are extremely sorry for the upset and offence we caused Captain Peter Hodge. Better judgement and more flexibility should have been exercised by us."

    She added that "in order to express our deep regret", the bank would pay £700 to sponsor two veterans to make the return trip to Normandy. However, the apology came too late for the NVA. Mr Hodge, 67, has instead set up an account with HSBC, which said it was "honoured and delighted" to help with the fundraising campaign.
  2. sponser 700 quid... well done you lloyds... cheap and if that had never hit the newspapers, they wouldnt give a flying fook
  3. What a shower of wonkers
  4. A lot of bankers seem to be making insincere apologies at the moment. :roll:
  5. Oh dear! These people are nearly as stupid as the jobsworths who refuse to let Gurkhas in for hospital treatment!

  6. What's the difference between a banker and a wa-nker?

    A wa-nker produces something useful.
  7. Considering the fact that they have been bailed out with £17 Billion of tax payers money, what gives them the right to start giving it away. It just gets worse.
  8. Grownup_Rafbrat

    Grownup_Rafbrat LE Book Reviewer Good Egg (charities)

    For many years it's been known that the collective noun for bankers is a wunch.
  9. Sorry, don't understand, please explain. I'm obviously very dim or stupid. :oops:
  10. Grownup_Rafbrat

    Grownup_Rafbrat LE Book Reviewer Good Egg (charities)

    Try a spoonerism, i.e. swap the first letter of each word.
  11. You naughty girl, are you saying that bankers are really a bunch of wankers? :eek:
  12. Grownup_Rafbrat

    Grownup_Rafbrat LE Book Reviewer Good Egg (charities)

    Only reporting what I heard in about 1982, when spookily, I worked for a Bank. Since then I've worked for several other Banks, and couldn't say that they're ALL a wunch, but I met enough who are.
  13. Do Lloyds still run the Cox's and Kings 'F' section accounts?
  14. Grownup_Rafbrat

    Grownup_Rafbrat LE Book Reviewer Good Egg (charities)

    Not for much longer, I imagine. Once this hits the press I'd expect a lot of Forces/ex-Forces/Forces Support accounts to be moved.
  15. I specifically mention that branch and those accounts, because some of the holders will be people of immense clout in the Forces world.

    Assuming those accounts are still promoted and available?